Emirates Sale to Europe: $650 Economy and $1,900 Business Class
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Update: It appears that Alitalia and Delta are matching this fare per Flyertalk.
Emirates has announced another fare sale today much like the one earlier this month, where people can book two roundtrip economy tickets from New York (JFK) to Milan for $1,380 total, and $3,800 total for business class. That equates to just $1,900 per person for business class to Europe – not a bad deal! Especially since this promo was launched to celebrate the switchover to flying an A380 on this route that should go into effect June 1, meaning you can fly the carrier’s flagship aircraft for a discounted fare.
To get the special fare, you must book by March 26 for outbound travel between June 7-August 22, with travel completed by November 30. Whereas last week’s sale was a lot broader, with departures from a number of US cities to Dubai good through the rest of the year, this one applies only to tickets on flights EK 206 and 205, Emirates’ nonstop flight on this route. So no flying to Dubai then backtracking to Milan from there.
There are a fair few other terms and conditions as well, including a three-day minimum stay (or first Sunday), a maximum stay of 3 months, inbound blackout dates from June 27-July 19 (a huge three-week chunk!), and a surcharge of $100 per direction for leaving Friday-Saturday and returning Friday-Sunday. So basically, you have to fly on a weekday.
That said, flights are pricing out correctly already. Here is the economy calendar on this route in August:
For comparison, a single economy ticket is pricing out at about $900, so you are saving about $420 by booking two tickets.
And this is the business class calendar:
Here, the savings are more dramatic since regular business class tickets are pricing out at $3,114 each, so you are saving about $2,400.
Remember, you have to search for 2 roundtrip tickets to get these to price out properly, and these prices are only good for the flight from JFK-MXP, so you have to get to New York first.
Unfortunately, the tickets are “Special” fares, so they are not upgradable, and this route is also not eligible for Alaska’s current double miles promo for Emirates flights. However, you should probably still credit the miles from these flights to your Alaska Mileage Plan account. On the economy tickets, you will still just get the same 50% miles if crediting to Alaska as you would with Emirates, but you should get a 25% mileage bonus on the business class tickets.
When booking these, be sure to use a credit card that maximizes airfare purchases, like 3x on airfare with the American Express® Gold Card or 2x on the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases, and our Destination Guide to Milan.